Nonprofit Info

The Reuse Center at Boston Building Resources is a 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit organization that accepts donations of good-quality used and surplus building materials and sells them at low prices, with extra discounts for low- and moderate-income customers and nonprofit organizations. Because materials are priced low to remain affordable, income from sales does not cover all our operating costs. Financial contributions from individuals, companies, and foundations provide the rest of the funding we need. You can download our annual report by clicking on the icon on the right.

Having access to affordable materials from the Reuse Center at BBR makes it possible for low- and moderate-income homeowners to repair and care for their homes on limited budgets, and, as a result, to improve their lives and neighborhoods. By diverting perfectly good materials from landfills and delivering them into the hands of homeowners and nonprofits, we reduce the construction industry’s burden on the solid waste stream and benefit the environment.

The Reuse Center at Boston Building Resources is a project of the Boston Building Materials Co-op Charitable & Educational Fund, a 501(c)(3) charity. Our ID number is 04-2749815. We are a member of the EarthShare New England fundraising federation. You can find more details by reading our report on Guidestar or our profile on The Giving Common.

Recent Accomplishments

  • Served 2,094 income-qualified homeowners and nonprofit customers during 2017.

  • In 2017, sales of materials totaled $560,914, an increase of 1.1% over 2016 sales.

  • Diverted materials valued at more than $2.1 million from disposal in landfills in 2017 by accepting donations from 1,607 donors.

  • In 2017, conducted 30 home improvement workshops teaching home skills that allow homeowners to make repairs themselves or understand how their home’s systems work and work with contractors more knowledgeably. These workshops reached 210 attendees.

  • Participated in seven Zero Waste Days in five Massachusetts communities, where reusable materials were collected from local residents.

  • Through a partnership with Eversource, we sold 3,472 light bulbs at utility-subsidized prices, earning $3,185 in profit for the organization.

Financial Essentials

During 2017, the Reuse Center at Boston Building Resources had income of $1,448,175. Program services expenses totaled $1,147,024 while management and general expenses were $103,135 and fundraising expenses were $15,827. At the end of the year, the organization had net assets of $830,309. Our report on Guidestar has further details.

You can also download our 2016 Form 990.

See also our Form 1023.